Welcome back to the fold. There are a lot of wrestling promotions in the world today but at the moment, very few of them are able to actually run events. With most promotions relying on ticket sales for their income, there is only so much that can be done. The Coronavirus pandemic has changed the way the wrestling world works, but one major promotion is coming back in a way.
While so much of the attention focuses on the major American wrestling companies, there are several wrestling promotions outside of the country that have made their own impacts. That includes promotions throughout Japan, some of which have started to make their way back. However there is one major promotion left to start back and now one of them is going to be making its return.
On Tuesday morning, New Japan Pro Wrestling held a virtual press conference announcing that they would be running shows again starting on June 15. The events will not have any fans in the arena and everyone involved with the shows will be tested for Coronavirus. The previously postponed New Japan Cup will take place from June 16 – July 3. Fans will be in attendance on the July 11 and 12 shows with 1/3 capacity. New Japan has not run an event in 110 days and has canceled or postponed 53 shows.
There are a lot of details in this one. Check out the press conference (with English subtitles):
Opinion: This is good to hear and it will be nice to have some fans, any fans, in attendance for the shows. What matters most here is that the wrestling is starting to take place again and that is what has been missing for so long now. I’m not sure what we are going to be seeing on the shows, but at least they are there to be seen and that is the most important thing that can happen for the industry at the moment.
Will you be watching the New Japan shows? How important are the fans to a live event? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. Get the latest and greatest in professional wrestling news by signing up for our daily email newsletter. Just look below for “GET EXCLUSIVE UPDATES” to sign up. Thank you for reading!